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« Topic Start: March 25, 2011, 03:30:17 pm »

(My personal take? They're welcome to trust in God to keep them safe provided they stay off publicly funded roads. Drive a buggy on a road paid for by tax dollars, stick a safety triangle on the buggy.)

Amish, state square off over safety triangles for buggies

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — An argument over whether a state law requiring bright orange safety triangles to be displayed on certain slow-moving vehicles violates religious freedom came before the Kentucky Court of Appeals late last week.

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=24027
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« Reply #1: March 25, 2011, 04:26:52 pm »

(My personal take? They're welcome to trust in God to keep them safe provided they stay off publicly funded roads. Drive a buggy on a road paid for by tax dollars, stick a safety triangle on the buggy.)

Amish, state square off over safety triangles for buggies

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — An argument over whether a state law requiring bright orange safety triangles to be displayed on certain slow-moving vehicles violates religious freedom came before the Kentucky Court of Appeals late last week.

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=24027

I have to agree with you and the state on this.  A few years ago I was driving my truck across U.S. 150 (2 lane section) at night when something told me to move over.  I did and as I got fully in the left lane I saw the buggy that I would have run over with 40 tons of truck.  It had no triangle and the only thing I can think of was they were headed for a doctor or other emergency.  Good thing there wasn't any traffic coming the other way or it could have been ugly.  I got on the cb and let the other trucks that were in the area know they were out there but that wouldn't have helped those in cars or didn't have their radios on.
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« Reply #2: March 25, 2011, 04:59:32 pm »

(My personal take? They're welcome to trust in God to keep them safe provided they stay off publicly funded roads. Drive a buggy on a road paid for by tax dollars, stick a safety triangle on the buggy.)

Amish, state square off over safety triangles for buggies

I agree.  I live in an area with a significant Amish community so my drive home from work is fraught with buggies.  Those little triangles were sometimes the only warning I had that they were on the roads when it got dark and/or the weather got ugly.  There are enough tragic accidents between cars and buggies, we don't need more due to people refusing to use the triangle. 
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« Reply #3: March 25, 2011, 05:18:01 pm »

I agree.  I live in an area with a significant Amish community so my drive home from work is fraught with buggies.  Those little triangles were sometimes the only warning I had that they were on the roads when it got dark and/or the weather got ugly.  There are enough tragic accidents between cars and buggies, we don't need more due to people refusing to use the triangle. 

I also agree, and the triangle is NOT just for their safety either!  You know what a horse vs car can do to a person in the car?  I have a relative who was in a car vs mule accident and it was NOT pretty,  He is fine however but it did injure him, IDK about the mule I don't remember.  Over here we have a Hutterite (sp) community they are more of what I call high tech Amish.... They dress similar to the Amish, but they farm with equipment so we often have tractors and combines that are theirs on the road.  Now the difference is that these are vehicles so they have to comply with the laws... HOWEVER since its farm equipment you can have YOUNG drivers (you are allowed to have a permit for "field work" at *I think* 13) supposed to be IN FIELD only but you know if your one field over from home.....so it happens!   
But the basic point is that it is NOT just THEM that an accident may hurt.
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« Reply #4: April 04, 2011, 08:05:19 pm »


(My personal take? They're welcome to trust in God to keep them safe provided they stay off publicly funded roads. Drive a buggy on a road paid for by tax dollars, stick a safety triangle on the buggy.)

Amish, state square off over safety triangles for buggies

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — An argument over whether a state law requiring bright orange safety triangles to be displayed on certain slow-moving vehicles violates religious freedom came before the Kentucky Court of Appeals late last week.

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=24027

I kinda wonder what their whiny little problem is.  There's Amish in my part of Indiana, and they just put the damn triangles on the buggy; I don't think I've ever heard a complaint about having to do so.  In point of fact, they're the same little triangles you see on tractors.

Of course, the fact that scarcely a year goes by without a dead Amish baby due to car-buggy accidents may be a factor in our Amish's ready obedience to the law.
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« Reply #5: April 04, 2011, 08:34:14 pm »

(My personal take? They're welcome to trust in God to keep them safe provided they stay off publicly funded roads. Drive a buggy on a road paid for by tax dollars, stick a safety triangle on the buggy.)

I agree. The buggies I've seen in Lancaster, PA have battery powered lights on them and even turn signals. I'm not sure if it's required, but I did see them.
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« Reply #6: April 04, 2011, 10:04:48 pm »

I agree. The buggies I've seen in Lancaster, PA have battery powered lights on them and even turn signals. I'm not sure if it's required, but I did see them.

Apparently many Amish are willing to put up with a few "gaudy" things like lights and slow-moving-vehicle triangles if it means they and others will be safer  when they are on public roads. From what I can tell it is only a few of the more extreme groups that aren't willing to compromise at least a bit on such issues.
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« Reply #7: April 05, 2011, 09:18:34 am »

I agree. The buggies I've seen in Lancaster, PA have battery powered lights on them and even turn signals. I'm not sure if it's required, but I did see them.

*nod* I live about 30 minutes outside of Amish country in PA and every buggy I see on the road has, at a minimum, the orange triangle.
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